Fourteen Russian Sailors Killed In Russian Navy Submarine Fire – According to Russian Defense Ministry’s statement Tuesday fire caught on one of the Russian navy’s deep-sea submersibles killed 14 sailors.
Fourteen Russian Sailors Killed In Russian Navy Submarine Fire:
The ministry didn’t reveal information about the vessel that caught fire Monday. But according to reports it was Russia’s most secret nuclear-powered vessel designed submarine specially for sensitive missions at great ocean depths. The Russian Navy Submarine is carried under the hull of a mother submarine, the nuclear-powered Belgorod.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the fire caught while it collected samples from a depth of 8,202 feet in Russia’s territorial waters and the vessel was at the Arctic port of Severomorsk, the main base of Russia’s Northern Fleet. An investigation was carried.
The ministry said the fire was broke out because of the self-sacrifice of crew members but didn’t say what is thought to have started it. It didn’t confirm how many people were aboard the submersible or if there were sailors who survived the fire.
Russian Navy Submarine:
Russian Navy Submarine was the nuclear-powered AS-12 Losharik, which is made of several titanium spheres capable of withstanding high pressure at great depths, was capable of going as deep as 19,685 feet.
Analysts suggested that one of its possible missions could be disrupting communication cables on the ocean bed.
The AS-12 Losharik officially belongs to the Northern Fleet, it answers straight to the Defense Ministry’s Department for Deep-Sea Research, related to the high sensitivity of its missions.
The deadly Russian naval incident since 2008, where 20 died after a firefighting system was ignited while the Nerpa nuclear-powered submarine of Russia’s Pacific Fleet was undergoing trials.
“Fire broke out on board a deep-water scientific research vessel that was studying the marine environment of the world ocean on behalf of the Russian navy,” Interfax cited a ministry statement as told “Fourteen submariners died as the result of smoke inhalation.”